Non-Indigenous Flowering Plants, Central Australia

Rosy Dock (Rumex vesicarius), also listed under the scientific name of Acetosa vesicaria, is also commonly known as Ruby dock, Native Hops and Wild Hops.

Rosy Dock is a fleshy-leafed annual, that is often seen after good winter rains, spread throughout the outback. It has been seen on sandy, stony and gravelly soil. It is also found growing along roadsides, disturbed areas, wasteland, gardens, creekbeds, ridges and rocky outcrops.

The flower is in long racemes, with the fruit being bright pink to red, with a inflated, vein-like appearance.

It is thought that the plant was introduced into Australia with camels, either as feed or accidentally as seed in saddles or packing. The plant is a native to northern Africa and western Asia, but is now classified as a weed in all mainland states of Australia.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Genus: Rumex
  • Species: Rumex vesicarius
  • Synonyms:
    • Acetosa vesicaria (L.) Á.Löve
    • Lapathum vesicarium (L.) Moench
    • Rumex americanus Campd.
    • Rumex bolosii Stübing, Peris & Romo
    • Rumex clementii Domin

Footnote & References

  1. Rumex vesicarius L., Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://id.biodiversity.org.au/taxon/apni/51291722
  2. Rumex vesicarius, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumex_vesicarius
  3. Weeds of Central Australia, a field guide, Sunil Dhanji, Greening Australia, ISBN 978-1-875345-83-0, Acetosa vesicaria, Ruby Dock p 29

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